The best demolition robots in construction
Sometimes you have to break things down to build back up. That’s literally true in the construction industry, where demolishing buildings at the end of their life cycles is often the best way to make room for the new and improved. With a worker shortage of at least half a million in the U.S. and with rapid building elsewhere in the world, the industry is increasingly turning to demolition robots to bring buildings down safely and efficiently. Whether breaking down whole structures or doing precision work, these manufacturers are leading the way with their bots.
Brokk’s demolition robots are built to handle construction, metal processing, and even nuclear and underground jobs. Remote-operated, they come with a three-part arm system and variety of attachments to handle diverse tasks and pack an impressive power-to-size ratio. The bots’ electric motors require little maintenance, and they can be controlled from up to 1,000 feet away. With more than a dozen demolition robots, Brokk has the tool for just about any demo job.
The DXR series demolition robots have smart functional design, including 360-degree arm rotation. DXR bots can serve as a replacement for as many as 22 workers, allowing construction teams to allocate their resources much more effectively. With a reach of nearly 20 feet, they don’t need to be constantly repositioned as they move through a building. Where precision is needed, the DXR bots are nimble enough to take down partial structures such as pipes, staircases, and ceilings.
Conjet’s hydrodemolition technology uses high-pressure water streams to prevent micro-cracks during the removal process. An ACR demolition robot can do the work of 20-25 jackhammer operators with a lot less noise, dust, and vibrations. A cloud platform lets users monitor progress from afar and load saved parameters or enter new ones remotely. Good for spot removal and non-selective hydromilling, Conjet’s bots have a long track record of sustainability, and their work stands the test of time.
Sherpa’s electric mini-loaders get into the hard-to-reach places for internal demolition work. Reinforced heavy-duty frames keep hoses and couplings protected in tight spaces, and optimal speed-power ratios ensure minimal energy loss for an extended battery life. Their precision capabilities allow for unrestricted renovation work while the rest of the building keeps up with business as usual.
The track-based F16 can operate 500-foot-pound impact breakers and 1,500-foot-pound drop hammers. Four self-stabilizing outriggers function separately, automatically raising and lowering to maintain consistent machine balance on uneven surfaces. It has a four-point detachable boom, telescopic arm that reaches to 16.4 feet, and continuous and unobstructed 360-degree rotation. A proprietary hydraulic circuit lets it work with more than 100 Stanley handheld tools.
TopTec’s demolition robots can easily withstand extreme heat, radiation, and falling materials, making them excellent for nuclear and underground jobs. FI-type earth-fault relay, headlights, and load-holding valves are standard features for TopTec bots, with optional attachments such as heat-resistant hoses, side-angling device, hydraulic track adjustment, steel tracks, LED floodlights, and emergency systems.
Alpine products can cut through just about any rock you put in their way, and they have applications in nuclear, mining, tunneling, civil infrastructure, concrete work, and metal production industries. With precision capabilities, they can slice through rock without disturbing adjacent foundations, keeping what you want standing rock-solid.
The DR and DC series offer the largest range of demolition robots in the world, from 2 to 50 tons. Steel plating all over the machines keeps them durable in the most dangerous environments. The DC series allows for operation remotely or from inside the cab. With bespoke product design, Remoquip will build to customer specifications, making your job the job for them.